Audi RS Q3 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£52,450
What Car? Target Price£50,936
Audi RS Q3 2019 RHD infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi RS Q3 2019 RHD infotainment

All RS Q3s have a price that starts with at least a five, with top spec Vorsprung models starting with a six. Now, that is far cheaper than similarly speedy rivals like the Porsche Macan Turbo, but this is still a relatively small SUV for the money. 

Equipment levels are good, so we suspect most buyers would be happy with the ‘basic’ RS Q3 with maybe a couple of choice options. That’s because you get niceties such as dual-zone climate control, heated front sports seats, ambient lighting and keyless entry as standard.

As standard, the Audi Q3 Sportback gets automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, which Audi calls Side Assist. The latter helps in traffic by lighting a small indicator in your mirror to make you aware of any cars in your blind spot. Euro NCAP is yet to crash test the Sportback, but the regular Q3 received the organisation’s full five stars for protecting its occupants. As for reliability, Audi could only manage 20th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey.

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Overview

The RS Q3 might be exceedingly fast in a straight line, but it just isn’t that much fun. Numb steering and a tendency to wash wide at the front count against it, while many will find its ride a bit too firm for their liking. For this money, the Porsche Macan S feels plusher and is more enjoyable to drive, even if it isn’t as fast.

  • Fast
  • Well-equipped
  • Sounds good
  • Stiff ride
  • Not that much fun
  • Interior doesn’t feel that luxurious for a £50k SUV